Hamzianpour & Kia is pleased to present “Behind the Curtain (Passé-Pardé)” by Negar Farajiani, marking the artist’s third solo exhibition in the United States. The opening reception will be held on September 24, 2022 from 5-9pm.

Negar Farajiani, ‘Tattered Masterpieces’ – 2017; digital photography, 19.6 x 27.5 inches, edition 5 + 1AP; courtesy of the artist and Hamzianpour and kia

On view are works rooted in Farajiani’s longstanding interest in Iran’s textile traditions—Tattered Masterpieces (2016–2021). 

In Farajiani’s latest work, the artist meditates on the meaning of curtains in Iranian society, as such objects figure prominently in domestic life, often delineating the social and private quarters of a house. Tattered Masterpieces, for instance, features the rich variety of regional fabrics for which Iran holds itself in great esteem and which are oen found in Persian homes. 

In Iran’s history, curtains also have a public significance by holding a time-honored place in Naqqāli, a form of street theater, which uses them as narrative aids in the form of painted tableaux that accompany a storyteller. The curtain, then, as both technology and symbol, strongly signifies the division between the domestic and the public sphere in Iran.

On view: September 24, 2022 – October 15, 2022.

What: “Behind the Curtain (Passé-Pardé)”
Where: Hamzianpour & Kia Gallery, 5225 Wilshire Blvd #212, LA, 90036
When: September 24, 2022, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Website: https://www.hamzianpourandkia.com